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UPCOMING PERFORMANCE: Friday, December 10 & Saturday, December 11 at 7pm:  Students in Fordham University’s French and T...
12/04/2021

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE: Friday, December 10 & Saturday, December 11 at 7pm: Students in Fordham University’s French and Theater programs will be performing Molière's Le Médecin malgré lui at the Kehoe Theater at Fordham College Lincoln Center. The play will be directed by Stéphanie Fribourg, our new French Theater Program Director, who is an accomplished actor and director.

With all the chaos and controversy of vaccines, pandemic, charlatans, and apocryphal treatments, there is perhaps no better time to see Molière! While you will need to be fully vaccinated to come and masks will need to be worn, I'm sure the doctors on stage will gladly provide additional treatments for those in need!

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuaQJG8IZK5r1F_wDQlC_IVS21hEvLXM30wAyIzO1f1Yb2xw/viewform.

UPCOMING PERFORMANCE: Friday, December 10 & Saturday, December 11 at 7pm: Students in Fordham University’s French and Theater programs will be performing Molière's Le Médecin malgré lui at the Kehoe Theater at Fordham College Lincoln Center. The play will be directed by Stéphanie Fribourg, our new French Theater Program Director, who is an accomplished actor and director.

With all the chaos and controversy of vaccines, pandemic, charlatans, and apocryphal treatments, there is perhaps no better time to see Molière! While you will need to be fully vaccinated to come and masks will need to be worn, I'm sure the doctors on stage will gladly provide additional treatments for those in need!

RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuaQJG8IZK5r1F_wDQlC_IVS21hEvLXM30wAyIzO1f1Yb2xw/viewform.

Josephine Baker just became the first Black woman to be interred at the Pantheon in Parishttps://www.mediapart.fr/journa...
12/01/2021
Joséphine Baker, Gisèle Halimi et le Panthéon : le bonneteau de Mac...

Josephine Baker just became the first Black woman to be interred at the Pantheon in Paris

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/culture-idees/230821/josephine-baker-gisele-halimi-et-le-pantheon-le-bonneteau-de-macron?utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3mwh4BhQIzud4l9dWwUehVDRUY3BrHTfJlDtKoArIZ6zMGi4kv15Vbya8

L’Élysée annonce ce 23 août : « Joséphine Baker sera honorée au Panthéon le 30 novembre. » Décryptage d’une décision : Emmanuel Macron entend lever l’hypothèque Gisèle Halimi, t...

11/19/2021

WE ARE THE DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH!

On Friday, November 19, 2021, the University Senate unanimously approved a motion to amend the university statutes to change the name of our department from French & Romance Philology to French. The motion was brought before the Senate in response to a request from our Executive Committee with the enthusiastic approval of the Dean of Humanities.

Nearly 300 women in French politics and academia are calling for public support for the #MeToo movement this week in lig...
11/16/2021
Il faut « écarter les auteurs de violences s*xuelles et s*xistes » de la vie politique

Nearly 300 women in French politics and academia are calling for public support for the #MeToo movement this week in light of next year's elections for president and members of the Assemblée nationale https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2021/11/15/nous-exigeons-que-le-monde-politique-prenne-enfin-en-compte-le-mouvement-metoo_6102086_3232.html

TRIBUNE. 285 femmes travaillant dans le milieu politique et universitaire, dont les députées Karima Delli (EELV) et Danièle Obono (LFI) et la vice-présidente du Sénat (PS) Laurence Rossignol, exigent, dans une tribune au « Monde », « que le monde politique prenne enfin en compte le mouvement...

UPCOMING DISCUSSION: Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm: French Institute Alliance Française (FI:AF) presents Greener, Bolder...
11/12/2021

UPCOMING DISCUSSION: Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm: French Institute Alliance Française (FI:AF) presents Greener, Bolder, More Inclusive: Toward More Livable Cities on how American cities can reinvent themselves in an era of global pandemics and climate change. Join leaders in business, public-private partnerships, and the urban environment (Pierre-André de Chalendar, Kathryn Wylde, and Thaddeus Pawlowski) and moderator Diane Brady, Assistant Managing Editor of Forbes. The roundtable, given in English, will be followed by a Q&A session and reception.

Register for free (either in person or virtual) here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fiaftalk-greener-bolder-more-inclusive-toward-more-livable-cities-tickets-195215955177

Pierre-André de Chalendar (author of The Urban Challenge) is the Chairman of the French multinational Saint-Gobain and is an expert on energy transformation.
Kathryn Wylde is the President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, which brings together civically minded business leaders who wish to have a positive impact on their city.
Thaddeus Pawlowski is a research scholar with expertise in urban disaster and climate change management. He is currently Managing Director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University.

UPCOMING DISCUSSION: Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm: French Institute Alliance Française (FI:AF) presents Greener, Bolder, More Inclusive: Toward More Livable Cities on how American cities can reinvent themselves in an era of global pandemics and climate change. Join leaders in business, public-private partnerships, and the urban environment (Pierre-André de Chalendar, Kathryn Wylde, and Thaddeus Pawlowski) and moderator Diane Brady, Assistant Managing Editor of Forbes. The roundtable, given in English, will be followed by a Q&A session and reception.

Register for free (either in person or virtual) here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fiaftalk-greener-bolder-more-inclusive-toward-more-livable-cities-tickets-195215955177

Pierre-André de Chalendar (author of The Urban Challenge) is the Chairman of the French multinational Saint-Gobain and is an expert on energy transformation.
Kathryn Wylde is the President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, which brings together civically minded business leaders who wish to have a positive impact on their city.
Thaddeus Pawlowski is a research scholar with expertise in urban disaster and climate change management. He is currently Managing Director of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes at Columbia University.

The Department of French mourns the passing of Sylvère Lotringer, who taught at Columbia from 1972-2008. Lotringer, the ...
11/11/2021

The Department of French mourns the passing of Sylvère Lotringer, who taught at Columbia from 1972-2008. Lotringer, the founder of the journal/publishing house Sémiotexte, was a key figure in the dissemination of 'French theory,' including the work of Baudrillard, Deleuze and Foucault, in the United States. Straddling the worlds of literature, politics, contemporary art and punk, Lotringer was brilliant, provocative, playful. In 1975, he staged the Schizo-Culture conference on Madness and Prisons, at which more than 2,000 attendees witnessed "show-downs" between Foucault, conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, Guattari, feminist Ti-Grace Atkinson, R.D. Laing, and others. His interests and writing were wide-ranging, including work on Barthes, Artaud and Virginia Woolf and Nancy Spero and William Burroughs. He collaborated with and influenced many thinkers and artists, including Paul Virilio, Amira Hass, Kathy Acker, Patti Smith, and his second wife, Chris Kraus.

The Department of French mourns the passing of Sylvère Lotringer, who taught at Columbia from 1972-2008. Lotringer, the founder of the journal/publishing house Sémiotexte, was a key figure in the dissemination of 'French theory,' including the work of Baudrillard, Deleuze and Foucault, in the United States. Straddling the worlds of literature, politics, contemporary art and punk, Lotringer was brilliant, provocative, playful. In 1975, he staged the Schizo-Culture conference on Madness and Prisons, at which more than 2,000 attendees witnessed "show-downs" between Foucault, conspiracy theorist Lyndon LaRouche, Guattari, feminist Ti-Grace Atkinson, R.D. Laing, and others. His interests and writing were wide-ranging, including work on Barthes, Artaud and Virginia Woolf and Nancy Spero and William Burroughs. He collaborated with and influenced many thinkers and artists, including Paul Virilio, Amira Hass, Kathy Acker, Patti Smith, and his second wife, Chris Kraus.

French Department Alumnus Announces the Gift of an Endowed Chair in French Studies Paul Leclerc, the Chair of the Maison...
11/10/2021

French Department Alumnus Announces the Gift of an Endowed Chair in French Studies

Paul Leclerc, the Chair of the Maison Française Advisory Board and former Director of the Columbia Global Center-Paris, past President of Hunter College and the New York Public Library, who received his PhD from Columbia in French, along with his wife, Judith Ginsburg, the Executive Director of the Nash Family Foundation, have announced a major gift to create the Paul LeClerc and Judith Ginsberg Professorship in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The holders of this future chair will be specialists of French and Francophone Studies or of the history of France. Learn more about this generous gift to the French Department and an interview with Paul and Judith at https://giving.columbia.edu/realizing-your-dreams

French Department Alumnus Announces the Gift of an Endowed Chair in French Studies

Paul Leclerc, the Chair of the Maison Française Advisory Board and former Director of the Columbia Global Center-Paris, past President of Hunter College and the New York Public Library, who received his PhD from Columbia in French, along with his wife, Judith Ginsburg, the Executive Director of the Nash Family Foundation, have announced a major gift to create the Paul LeClerc and Judith Ginsberg Professorship in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The holders of this future chair will be specialists of French and Francophone Studies or of the history of France. Learn more about this generous gift to the French Department and an interview with Paul and Judith at https://giving.columbia.edu/realizing-your-dreams

UPCOMING EVENT: Thursday, November 11 at 7 - 9:30pm: Mauvais Genres presents Hyenas by Djibril Diop Mambéty (1992) in Fr...
11/09/2021

UPCOMING EVENT: Thursday, November 11 at 7 - 9:30pm: Mauvais Genres presents Hyenas by Djibril Diop Mambéty (1992) in French and Wolof with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Professor Mamadou Diouf, moderated by Nora Philippe and Shanny Peer.

Description: Linguère Ramatou fled her native land in Sahel and acquired a legendary fortune; now she is returning to her village, and announces that she will make a fabulous donation, subject to certain conditions. Dramaan, Linguère's former lover, who denied paternity of their child and caused her departure, could well be the target of her revenge. Adapted from Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit of the Old Lady (1955), this visually anti-patriarchal and anti-colonialist feature is the second and last film by Djibril Diop Mambéty. Selected in Cannes in 1992, it is a masterpiece of Senegalese cinema.

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqO9FFwIAGA. RSVP with CUID required here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mauvais-genres-film-festival-hyenas-by-djibril-diop-mambety-tickets-168636200415

UPCOMING EVENT: Thursday, November 11 at 7 - 9:30pm: Mauvais Genres presents Hyenas by Djibril Diop Mambéty (1992) in French and Wolof with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Professor Mamadou Diouf, moderated by Nora Philippe and Shanny Peer.

Description: Linguère Ramatou fled her native land in Sahel and acquired a legendary fortune; now she is returning to her village, and announces that she will make a fabulous donation, subject to certain conditions. Dramaan, Linguère's former lover, who denied paternity of their child and caused her departure, could well be the target of her revenge. Adapted from Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Visit of the Old Lady (1955), this visually anti-patriarchal and anti-colonialist feature is the second and last film by Djibril Diop Mambéty. Selected in Cannes in 1992, it is a masterpiece of Senegalese cinema.

Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqO9FFwIAGA. RSVP with CUID required here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mauvais-genres-film-festival-hyenas-by-djibril-diop-mambety-tickets-168636200415

UPCOMING EVENT: Tuesday, November 9 at 7 - 9pm: Mauvais Genres presents Ladies of the Wood by Claus Drexel (2021) in Fre...
11/08/2021

UPCOMING EVENT: Tuesday, November 9 at 7 - 9pm: Mauvais Genres presents Ladies of the Wood by Claus Drexel (2021) in French and Portuguese with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Claus Drexel and Professor Tey Meadow, moderated by Nora Philippe and Shanny Peer.

Description: Bois de Boulogne, Paris. In this green park bordering the city, between dusk and dawn, wandering among joggers, horse riders and policemen, transgender s*x workers share their life stories and their visions of the world on camera with both wisdom and flamboyance. These are the “Ladies of the Wood.”

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/558622633. RSVP with CUID required here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mauvais-genres-film-festival-ladies-of-the-wood-claus-drexel-nyc-preview-tickets-168758889381

UPCOMING EVENT: Tuesday, November 9 at 7 - 9pm: Mauvais Genres presents Ladies of the Wood by Claus Drexel (2021) in French and Portuguese with English subtitles. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Claus Drexel and Professor Tey Meadow, moderated by Nora Philippe and Shanny Peer.

Description: Bois de Boulogne, Paris. In this green park bordering the city, between dusk and dawn, wandering among joggers, horse riders and policemen, transgender s*x workers share their life stories and their visions of the world on camera with both wisdom and flamboyance. These are the “Ladies of the Wood.”

Watch the trailer: https://vimeo.com/558622633. RSVP with CUID required here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mauvais-genres-film-festival-ladies-of-the-wood-claus-drexel-nyc-preview-tickets-168758889381

TEACHING OPPORTUNITY: Applications for the 2022-2023 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) are now open on tapif....
10/27/2021

TEACHING OPPORTUNITY: Applications for the 2022-2023 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) are now open on tapif.org until January 15, 2022. The French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. offer 1,500 teaching assistantships for U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 20 and 35 to teach English in public schools across France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

Assistants are assigned a schedule of 12 classroom hours per week divided between 2-3 schools. The teaching assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English. Duties include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies in English classes.

TEACHING OPPORTUNITY: Applications for the 2022-2023 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) are now open on tapif.org until January 15, 2022. The French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. offer 1,500 teaching assistantships for U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 20 and 35 to teach English in public schools across France, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

Assistants are assigned a schedule of 12 classroom hours per week divided between 2-3 schools. The teaching assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English. Duties include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies in English classes.

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Friday, November 5 at 12pm: French and Philosophy Professor Souleymane Diagne (Columbia) will discuss ...
10/26/2021

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Friday, November 5 at 12pm: French and Philosophy Professor Souleymane Diagne (Columbia) will discuss New Testament Professor Aliou Niang’s (Union Theological Seminary) book “A Poetics of Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: God, Human-Nature Relationship, and Negritude”. The topics will be understanding the Bible and faith teachings in the context of today’s ecological crisis and restoring traditional practices that once directed a mutual relationship among God, humans, and nature.

Learn more at: https://centerforearthethics.org/aliou-niang-to-discuss-postcolonial-biblical-criticism-on-november-5/. Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DHZCj-OCTyeQ7sdmlk8AXg

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Friday, November 5 at 12pm: French and Philosophy Professor Souleymane Diagne (Columbia) will discuss New Testament Professor Aliou Niang’s (Union Theological Seminary) book “A Poetics of Postcolonial Biblical Criticism: God, Human-Nature Relationship, and Negritude”. The topics will be understanding the Bible and faith teachings in the context of today’s ecological crisis and restoring traditional practices that once directed a mutual relationship among God, humans, and nature.

Learn more at: https://centerforearthethics.org/aliou-niang-to-discuss-postcolonial-biblical-criticism-on-november-5/. Register here: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DHZCj-OCTyeQ7sdmlk8AXg

UPCOMING CONCERT: Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 - 9pm: French Institute Alliance Française (FI:AF) presents Somi at the 1...
10/22/2021

UPCOMING CONCERT: Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 - 9pm: French Institute Alliance Française (FI:AF) presents Somi at the 14th Crossing the Line Festival. Known for her wide-ranging vocals and blend of modern jazz with African music, Grammy-nominated singer Somi uses songwriting to voice issues of social justice, transnationalism, womanhood, and global constructions of Blackness. For her debut at FI:AF, she will present her songs from Lagos Musique, Petite Afrique, and The Holy Room. This exceptional concert will also feature a sneak preview of her upcoming album The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba, in an homage to an African music icon. Buy tickets here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/03005B211D925AC2.

UPCOMING CONCERT: Thursday, October 28 at 7:30 - 9pm: French Institute Alliance Française (FI:AF) presents Somi at the 14th Crossing the Line Festival. Known for her wide-ranging vocals and blend of modern jazz with African music, Grammy-nominated singer Somi uses songwriting to voice issues of social justice, transnationalism, womanhood, and global constructions of Blackness. For her debut at FI:AF, she will present her songs from Lagos Musique, Petite Afrique, and The Holy Room. This exceptional concert will also feature a sneak preview of her upcoming album The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba, in an homage to an African music icon. Buy tickets here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/03005B211D925AC2.

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~Peaceful Sunlit Room for Rent in the Heart of West Harlem~ $1400 a month (month to month or year-long lease) 118th & Adam Powell (3 min from Central Park) The apartment is perfect for students and young professionals. 15-min walk from Columbia campus. 3 min walk to Central Park/North Woods/the Harlem Meer, 6 min walk to Morningside Park. 15 min run to the Reservoir!!! Amazing cafes, jazz clubs, bars, pizza, tacos, crepes, Senegalese food, soul food, you name it. This is a very hip area but also minutes away from some of Central Park’s loveliest secret trails- truly, best of both worlds. Close to A/B/C and 1/2/3. 10 min walk to the 6 train. Lots of buses that go places. You will be living with 2 lovely French men- both in their mid-twenties. Very clean, charming, and courteous. Move in date: February 1st PM me with a short bio if you’re interested! ~Sorry Americans, preference goes to European/French-speaking applicants~
Maryse Condé, Professor Emerita of French, is the winner of the New Academy Prize, an alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature, which is not being awarded this year. The award ceremony will take place in Stockholm in December,